Tallahassee Democrat — State government becoming increasingly affordable

Posted 04/15/2015

Tallahassee Democrat “State government becoming increasingly affordable” April 15, 2015 By Dr. Randall Holcombe Fiscal horror stories from populous states like Illinois, California and New Jersey are becoming all too common these days, but Florida’s finances have yet to make the front pages of the national news. In an era when state governments are growing, …

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The Heartland Institute — Massive Public Pension Liabilities Loom in Jacksonville

Posted 04/07/2015

The Heartland Institute “Massive Public Pension Liabilities Loom in Jacksonville” April 7, 2015 By Kelsey Hackem The Jacksonville, Florida City Council Finance Committee is debating how to pay for $1.7 billion in unfunded pension liabilities in the city’s Police and Fire Pension Fund. Elected officials remain unable to agree how to reform the city’s public …

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Context Florida — Dan Peterson: Buying more land isn’t Amendment 1’s first priority

Posted 04/02/2015

Context Florida “Dan Peterson: Buying more land isn’t Amendment 1’s first priority” April 2, 2015 By Dan Peterson A major debate is taking place in the Florida House and Senate over public policy regarding water and the allocation of Amendment 1 funds. Various special interests are striving to make their voice the most influential regarding …

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Issue Commentary: Commercial Lease Tax Burden Hits Florida’s Economy

Posted 04/01/2015

Read more about “Commercial Lease Tax Burden Hits Florida’s Economy” in the latest JMI Issue Commentary by clicking the cover page below. (View the PDF File)  

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“Decisions Loom on Taxes and Spending” — Spring Journal 2015

Posted 03/17/2015

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PRESS RELEASE: JMI Announces Launch of New Policy Centers and Expansion to Central and Southwest Florida

Posted 03/01/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015 Contact:  Valerie Wickboldt | vwickboldt@jamesmadison.org | (850) 386-3131  JMI Announces Launch of New Policy Centers and Expansion to Central and Southwest Florida  ~ Addition of new policy expertise and efforts increases Institute’s impact and imprint in Florida ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Broadening both reach and expertise, The James Madison …

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Eurasia Review — Op-ed: Are Falling Prices a Bad Thing?

Posted 01/23/2015

Eurasia Review “Op-ed: Are Falling Prices a Bad Thing?” By Dr. Randall Holcombe, JMI Senior Fellow January 22, 2015  Popular opinion seems to be that falling prices–or even stable prices–are bad for the economy, but I’ve never seen any good arguments about why. I’ve just read another article about this, that gives six clearly numbered reasons, so …

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SaintPetersblog — Jeff Atwater speaks before JMI luncheon at the start of “Thrift Week”

Posted 01/21/2015

SaintPetersblog “Jeff Atwater speaks before JMI luncheon at the start of ‘Thrift Week’” By Ryan Ray January 21, 2015 State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater gave the keynote address Wednesday morning at a luncheon celebrating the James Madison Institute’s “Thrift Week” initiative to promote less spending and more accountability in state government. As JMI President …

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The Florida Channel — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater at the James Madison Institute “Thrift Week” Event

Posted 01/21/2015

The Florida Channel “Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater at the James Madison Institute ‘Thrift Week’ Event” January 21, 2015 Link to video: http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/12115-now-speaking-chief-financial-officer-jeff-atwater-james-madison-institute-thrift-week-event/

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National Review Online — Florida Governor to Residents of High-Tax States: ‘It’s Your Money . . . Move to Florida!’

Posted 01/06/2015

National Review Online “Florida Governor to Residents of High-Tax States: ‘It’s Your Money . . . Move to Florida!’” By John Fund January 6, 2015 “Scott Will Use Inaugural Address to Promote Florida as Tax Haven” is theheadline in today’s Tampa Tribune. The reference is to today’s inaugural speech by which re-elected GOP Governor Rick Scott will …

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